Call for Papers — Critical Cluster On “Venganzas Medievales”

La corónica invites scholars to submit a paper for a cluster entitled: “’Cobrarse por su mano’: Modalities of Medieval Vengeances”. Recent studies have inflected medieval vengeance with new meanings and functions that have reshaped the traditional view of vengeance as a tool opposed to civilization, law and justice. This cluster will explore the use and meaning of vengeance in the literatures and cultures of the Hispanic Middle Ages in both its aesthetic and socio-historical dimensions. Among other topics, this cluster will seek contributions that deal with, but not limited to, the following questions: What is the relation between vengeance, justice and law? What makes vengeance “good” or “bad”? Is there a relation between vengeance and gender? What is the vocabulary of vengeance? Is there a relation between emotion and vengeance? Can vengeance produce social order? When is vengeance appropriate? Why was (private) vengeance increasingly conceptualized as something to be rejected as time moved forward? Is in fact punitive justice merely a formalized way of vengeance? Comparative approaches between different literary genres, and religious traditions are welcomed.

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Those interested should indicate their intention to submit (preferably including a topic and/or tentative abstract) to one of the guest editors. Final submissions (as Word documents, following La corónica’s house style style, as explained at as well as all other inquiries should be sent to any of the guest editors, Alberto Montaner ( or Óscar Martín ( by June 1, 2016.



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